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Cardiff Blues and Wales centre Owen Williams has been moved to the Welsh Spinal Injuries and Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at Rookwood Hospital to continue his 'long-term recovery, the club has said.
Cardiff Blues have confirmed that Owen Williams has returned home to Wales following a serious injury playing in Singapore.
The Blues and Wales centre suffered "a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord" playing in the World Cup 10s on June 22.
Williams was flown back by air ambulance and is now being assessed and monitored at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
"Cardiff Blues and the Williams family would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the staff and specialists at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore for their care and support for Owen following his injury", a spokesperson said.
They also thanked well-wishers for "overwhelming messages of support".
Wales captain Sam Warburton told ITV News that "everyone is devastated" at the news of Cardiff Blues teammate Owen Williams' injury.
The region confirmed today that the 22-year-old centre suffered "a significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord" playing in the World Cup 10s in Singapore on Sunday.
Warburton said: "We're absolutely gutted for him and his family. All of us are keeping our fingers crossed - and hopefully he comes back home safe and sound."
Cardiff Blues have confirmed that centre Owen Williams has suffered a "significant injury to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord."
The 22-year-old, who has played four times for Wales, was injured playing for Cardiff Blues at the World Cup 10s on Sunday.
The region said that he underwent an operation on Monday to stabilise a fracture and is currently recovering in hospital in Singapore.
His family and Blues staff are with him in hospital, and arrangements are now being made to arrange his safe transfer home "at an appropriate time."
The region and Williams' family have also thanked hundreds of people who have offered messages of support.
Owen Williams' brother has tweeted his thanks to those offering messages of support, after the 22-year-old Cardiff Blues and Wales centre was injured in Singapore.
Williams' family flew out to be by his side in hospital, after he sustained what is thought to be a serious neck injuries playing in the World Club 10s on Sunday.
Hundreds of messages of support have come in from Wales, and also rugby stars like Australia's David Pocock.
Very little is known about the nature or extent of Owen Williams' injury, sustained whilst playing for Cardiff Blues against Asia Pacific Dragons in the World Club 10s on Sunday.
The Blues released a statement yesterday, saying: "Owen Williams is to remain in hospital in Singapore after sustaining an injury at the World Club 10s. Cardiff Blues will issue further updates when they are available."
Blues teammate Macauley Cook also tweeted yesterday to say he was at the hospital with Williams, waiting for his family to arrive.
The WRU said 22-year-old Williams has not travelled home with the rest of the Blues squad.
Messages of support from around the Welsh rugby community have been posted on Twitter, for Cardiff Blues and Wales centre Owen Williams, who suffered a serious injury at the World Cup 10s in Singapore.
The 22-year-old is believed to still be in hospital in Singapore, after being injured in the tournament on Sunday.
There is very little detail about the nature or extent of his injury.
Goodwill messages have come in this morning from Wales legend Shane Williams, Alun Wyn Jones - who captained the side in South Africa, and Regional Rugby Wales, which represents the four Welsh regions.
Cardiff Blues chairman Peter Thomas told ITV News he's 'forever optimistic' that the dispute between the rugby regions and the WRU will be resolved. He said that discussions are ongoing and it is important for the regions and the WRU to be united.
He said central contracts, retaining Welsh talent and increased funding were all issues under discussion.
Cardiff Blues chairman Peter Thomas has told ITV News he believes a deal for a six-year participation agreement between the WRU and regions will be signed within days.
The WRU will meet with regions tomorrow and Thomas is optimistic that a new agreement will be made over a number of outstanding points.
He says that he believes that any agreement should be signed before the EGM next week.